North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has won judgments against two different contractors who defrauded consumers in Tar Heel state. Stein says the ruling prevents both contractors from ever doing contract and home repair work in the state.
In one case, Stein accused Triangle-area contractor Jorge Garcia of defrauding elderly customers on home repair programs. ABC11 troubleshooter Diane Wilson began investigating Garcia in 2015. Wilson announced the lawsuit in June 2020.
In Garcia’s case, Stein won a default judgment permanently barring Garcia, his company JH Home Improvements Inc., and his wife, Helen Smith Flores, from performing contract and repair work in North Carolina.
Garcia targeted elderly homeowners and manipulated them into hiring him to make unnecessary home repairs and improvements. Stein said the work was rarely completed and the contracts were vague and misleading. When consumers complained to him, Garcia threatened to stop work. According to Stein, he also borrowed money from some victims and failed to repay most of those loans.
Editor’s Note: The attached video is from January 2019.
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In the other case, contractor Dennis Daugherty is accused of misleading customers and failing to do work after Hurricane Florence.
Attorney General Stein won a default judgment against Dennis L. Daugherty, Jr., his Illinois-based company, Green Lantern Services LLC, and his North Carolina-based company, Green Lantern Roofing and Restoration LLC, for defrauding North Carolina residents they used the repairing damage caused by Hurricane Florence in 2018. Green Lantern officials came to eastern North Carolina after the hurricane and went door-to-door, falsely claiming the company had a contractor’s license.
According to Stein, representatives also falsely claimed to have dozens of workers ready to do the job and demanded an upfront payment, which often prompted victims to sign their insurance claims upfront. Green Lantern ended up doing minimal, shoddy work, not paying subcontractors, giving up work, and letting homeowners down. According to Stein, Daugherty promised to issue refunds to affected customers, but didn’t do so. The defendants must pay $260,829 in damages and $45,000 in civil penalties and are permanently barred from performing commissioned work in North Carolina.
“Scammers strike when people are most vulnerable — just like these two contractors,” Attorney General Josh Stein said. “If they do that, I will hold them accountable. I am pleased that the court acted to stop these two from ever taking advantage of North Carolinas again.”
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